TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:
- Tulsa-area animal groups are bringing animals from Houston-area shelters back to Green Country.
- They hope the move will allow Texas shelters to take in flood-displaced animals and reunite them with their families.
- They brought back the first load of animals Wednesday.
The Tulsa Humane Society deployed a team to move around 300 animals in the Harris County shelter to safety as rain continues to fall on Houston.
They returned with the first 72 animals Wednesday.
The society teamed up with MuttNation and the Humane Society of the United States.
The animals were reportedly already in the shelter before the storm hit.
Those animals are going to come to an emergency shelter in Bixby and then to move to other emergency shelters.
The Tulsa adoption center ONLY serves as a drop-off for animal-based donations.
The Bixby Emergency Shelter may be available for donation drop-offs later in the week
The move will allow the Harris County shelter to accommodate other displaced animals during the flooding there.
MORE: Bixby animal shelter brings in more dogs Thursday from flooded parts of Texas
Officials hope clearing the shelters so they can keep displaced animals in Houston will help ensure the displaced pets are reunited with their owners.
The Harris County shelter is not underwater, but the roads leading up to it are flooded. Employees were there during the storm.
The Tulsa Humane Society released a list of needed items:
- Cat Litter
- Paper Towels
- Clorox Wipes
- Cat Toys
- Dog Toys
- Cat Treats
- Dog Treats
- Bath Towels
- Fleece Blankets
- Plastic Dog Carriers
The Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and Tulsa SPCA left Wednesday for smaller shelters in more rural affected areas.
They expect to bring back around 200 animals.
Those animals will be sheltered at the two local animal hospitals the groups work with before also being sent farther inland to be adopted out.
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